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congenial

adjective con·ge·nial \kən-ˈjē-nē-əl, -ˈjēn-yəl\

: suitable or appropriate

: pleasant and enjoyable

: very friendly

Full Definition of CONGENIAL

1
:  having the same nature, disposition, or tastes :  kindred <congenial companions>
2
a :  existing or associated together harmoniously
b :  pleasant; especially :  agreeably suited to one's nature, tastes, or outlook <a congenial atmosphere>
c :  sociable, genial <a congenial host>
con·ge·nial·i·ty \-ˌjē-nē-ˈa-lə-tē, -ˌjēn-ˈya-\ noun
con·ge·nial·ly \-ˈjē-nē-ə-lē, -ˈjēn-yə-\ adverb

Examples of CONGENIAL

  1. The town is a congenial place for raising children.
  2. We studied in the congenial atmosphere of the library.
  3. He found the work to be congenial.
  4. She was congenial and easygoing.
  5. She moved on, leaving behind the world of politics for the more congenial sphere of the arts. —Amy Fine Collins, Vanity Fair, March 2001

Origin of CONGENIAL

com- + genius
First Known Use: circa 1625

Related to CONGENIAL

Synonyms
agreeable, blessed (also blest), pleasant, darling, delectable, delicious, delightful, delightsome, dreamy, dulcet, enjoyable, felicitous, good, grateful, gratifying, heavenly, jolly, luscious, nice, palatable, pleasing, pleasurable, pretty, satisfying, savory (also savoury), sweet, tasty, welcome
Antonyms
disagreeable, pleasureless, unpalatable, unpleasant, unwelcome
CONGENIALITY Defined for Kids

congenial

adjective con·ge·nial \kən-ˈjē-nyəl\

Definition of CONGENIAL for Kids

1
:  alike or sympathetic in nature, disposition, or tastes
2
:  existing together in harmony <“We are quite as congenial as flies and honey.” — L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz>
3
:  tending to please or satisfy <congenial work>
4
:  friendly 1

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